Fatimah assures lockdown villages food on the way

Fatimah Abdullah. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Social Welfare Department has been sending out food supplies to residents under lockdown at the respective areas especially in the longhouses.

Minister of Welfare, Community, Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the welfare department, as one of the partners in Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is tasked to send food to those affected in the lockdown areas.

“In areas where residents cannot go out to get food supplies, the food items will be sent to them,” she said in a press conference today.

Fatimah was asked if food supplies have been sent to the lockdown areas such as in Rh Long Jeeh, Ulu Baram in Miri as the residents there have been placed under lockdown since Jan 26.

“Those that are under lockdown, we will count the number of families or pintu (doors) at the respective lockdown areas and provide them the food,” she assured.

She said the food would be sent by road if the place is accessible and the village security and development committee (JKKK) will assist to distribute to the residents.

“In some cases, the food supplies will be put at the community hall and each head of the family can go and collect it.

“There are many ways to ensure food reaches them. Like when Kampung Haji Baki (in Kuching) was placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO), those who need cooking gas, brought the empty tank to a designated area with the money put in a plastic bag in exchange for a new gas tank,” she said.

Two positive Covid-19 cases were detected in Rh Long Jeeh, as such the longhouses consisting five blocks, were placed under lockdown for 14 days from Jan 26 to Feb 9.